‘Uncharted’ film is torn apart by critics

So, Unexplored has been out in UK cinemas since Friday now. Have you ever had the chance to see it? In our review, we described it as “funny, action-packed and full of surprises” and “a good time movie, guaranteed to bring a smile to most who see it”.

At first glance, it looks like we’ve been slightly generous. On Rotten Tomatoes, it’s no exaggeration to say that the reviews rock Unexplored tattered. Right now it sits at a very average 51% on the Tomatometer, out of a total of 37 critical reviews (there is no audience score yet, as the film has not been released on February 18 in the United States).

ICYMI… be sure to watch the final trailer for Unexplored below.

The general consensus is: “A promising cast but a misleading title, Unexplored leverages its best-selling source material to produce a disappointing echo of superior adventure films. So, you know, it’s not really a good start. Unfortunately for Tom Holland’s latest on-screen adventure, it only gets worse from there. Here’s a roundup of some of the most relentless roasts.

Unexplored drags on like a reanimated envelope of the best action-adventure films before it, filled not with a soul but with jokes and funny to make up for the fact that we’ve seen it all before. – Hoai-Tran Bui, Slashfilm.

“Even by suspension of disbelief standards for wacky action movies, Unexplored is still a rambling, disappointing mess that thinks it’s funnier and better than it really is. – Carla Hay, Culture Mix.

Unexplored is a weird, rambling movie that has no shortage of big CGI-covered sets, but what it really lacks is personality. -Sean Mulvihill, FanboyNation.

Unexplored proves again that video games inspired by classic movies – in this case IndianaJones – should probably stay video games, as this soulless action-adventure flick feels like a dusty double photocopy of Harrison Ford’s hit franchise. – Shaun Munro, Flickering Myth.

“The film feels tense, joyless even as it riffs on much-loved old favorites. If you can’t really like lifting pieces of The Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jackie Chan Police Story, you must leave them where you found them. -Danny Leigh, Financial Times.

Finally, a harsh, but not at all inaccurate summary of video game adaptations in general:

“Abandon all hope, you who enter here. There really is no future for adapting from video game to film if Hollywood can’t even crack Unexplored.” – Clarisse Loughrey, Independent.

Ouch. I don’t think any of them will be used in the movie commercials. For now, it seems that the sonic the hedgehog movie and Detective Pikachu remain the pinnacle of cinema inspired by video games. Better luck next time, huh?


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